Road Trip Essentials: What to Bring on Your Adventure

Yukon Road Trip

You’ll Find Everything You Need On This List

There’s nothing more American than taking a long drive through your region or across the country, and a new Buick or GMC will make that trip all the more enjoyable. Before you hit the road on your next adventure, be sure to pack some of these road trip essentials. From the basics to some luxuries, you’ll find everything you need on this list.

According to REI Co-Op, you should pack plenty of healthy snacks. A small cooler with a drainage port is great for keeping supplies cool, and you can also carry a Leatherman or other knife to help you slice fresh food on the go. Bring veggies, fruit, and plenty of water, and be sure to have napkins and hand sanitizer to use before you eat. Healthy food and drink will keep you alert and refreshed on the go.

Be prepared to take small, unexpected adventures, and don’t rule anything out. One of the perks of road trips is that you can stumble across virtually anything. Bring gear for climbing, skiing, biking, and hiking (depending on where you’re headed), as well as a blanket to stretch out on.

If you have a roomy vehicle like the GMC Yukon or Yukon XL, you may even want to camp in your SUV. Bring a sleeping pad for below your sleeping bag for added comfort, a solar inflatable lantern (the fewer breakable things the better) and a spare duffel for added storage.

If you want to find the perfect vehicle for your road trip adventures, or make sure your current ride is up to the task, come visit the team at Bob Ross Buick GMC.

How to Spring Clean Your Car

Spring Clean Your Car

Now that spring is blooming here in Ohio, it is time to freshen up your life. While many of us choose to do some spring cleaning in our houses, you don’t want to forget your car. Here are a few tips on how to spring clean your car.

  • Clean your vents

    You can see all the dust gathering in your air vents, but how do you reach it? Use foam art brushes to squeeze through the gaps and brush away all the dirt and dust.

  • Shine your hubcaps.

    After this long winter, your hubcaps are probably covered in grime and scratches. Use bleach powder mixed with some water to buff your hubcaps back to their like-new appearance.

  • Defog your headlights.

    Over time, the plastic coverings on your headlights can start to appear foggy. Rub toothpaste all over them, let it sit for about 10 minutes, and clean it off with water.

  • Clean your seats.

    If you have cloth upholstery, use an upholstery cleaner to tackle any ground in stains. In addition, if your furry friends every takes a ride with you, they likely leave some hair behind. To get it off of your seats, mist your seats with water and use a squeegee to collect the hairs.

If your car needs a little bit more help to make it through spring, come see the service specialists at Bob Ross Buick GMC.

Three Hacks for Winter Driving

Hacks for Winter Driving

Since “it’s cold outside” isn’t enough of an excuse to stay home from work, it’s helpful to have a few tricks up your sleeve to make the ride to work easier. These hacks for winter driving from Bob Ross Buick GMC will help make your commute as simple and safe as possible—even when you’re driving through a winter wonderland.

 Protect Your Wipers

Windshield wipers are very important, especially in the winter. But send them for a few passes over an icy windshield, and they could get damaged and stop working as well, which means you’re left with poor visibility. Keep this from happening by lifting your windshield wipers up when snow or ice is expected. You can even use an extra pair of socks to cover the wiper blades and protect them from precipitation so they’ll be ready to go.

DIY De-Icer

You can buy products that will melt away the frost and ice from your windshield, but these are sometimes a little pricey and also filled with chemicals. Make a natural, and inexpensive version of this tool yourself by mixing three parts vinegar with one part water into a spray bottle.

Brush Your Headlights

Ok, so you don’t have to use a toothbrush. But adding some toothpaste to your headlights and rinsing it off with warm water is a great way to give them a good washing. Cleaner headlights means better visibility for you and other drivers, which is always a good thing.

Cabin Fever? Try Out These Winter Activities in Dayton

When the weather outside gets frightful, you might find yourself becoming increasingly inclined to stay indoors on the weekends. Dayton has plenty of amazing things to do when it’s warm, like the awesome MetroParks system or Cox Arboretum, but these and other attractions can still be inspiring with a winter landscape. If you are getting a touch of cabin fever and need to get out of the house, try one of these Dayton, Ohio, winter activities.

Winter Activities in Dayton

Boonshoft Museum of Discovery

This science museum is a fun place for kids and young adults to spend the day. There are several permanent hands-on exhibitions as well as rotating installations worth visiting. There’s even a cozy treehouse where kids and adults can use binoculars to look for winter birds nested in the bare trees.

 

Roller Skating

If you’ve had your fill of ice skating, you can opt for its indoor alternative. The Dayton area has several great rinks, like Orbit Fun Center in Huber Heights, Skateworld in Kettering, and Skateworld in Vandalia.

Dayton Art Institute

This gorgeous art museum is filled with inspiring exhibitions and offers special events and classes. There’s something for all ages, and your family can visit the DAI for an affordable price on a Super Saturday Family Day, where admission for families of four is just $10.

 

Don’t let the wintertime blues get you down. Get out there and do something fun in Dayton, even if there’s snow on the ground.

Winter Driving Tips

Winter Driving Tips - Bob Ross

The winter season is quickly approaching which means now is the time to prepare for the harsh weather. Ohio isn’t exactly kind during winter, so proper preparation is an absolute necessity. We here at Bob Ross Buick GMC have a few winter driving tips to help you stay out of trouble this coming season.

Create an Emergency Kit

Properly preparing for the winter season means you’ll need to have an emergency kit at the ready. Keeping your kit stocked with bandages, nonperishable food, blankets, extra clothes, and a flashlight with extra batteries can help you stay comfortable while you wait for help to arrive.

Keep Up With Maintenance

Getting your car ready for winter means doing more than just washing it and cleaning the interior. Performing routine maintenance is essential to keep your car on the road all winter long. Fresh oil is a necessity to keep your vehicle’s engine operating at peak performance and efficiency. You should also have a technician inspect your vehicle for potential problems as cold weather will only make them worse. It wouldn’t hurt to check the battery’s charge and replace it as needed.

Watch the Weather Forecast

Knowledge is power which makes keeping up with the local weather forecast an absolute necessity. Knowing what to expect while on the road can help you take the proper precautions or avoid going out on the road when inclement weather is on the way.

Best Haunted Attractions Near Dayton, Ohio

Best Haunted Attractions Near Dayton, Ohio
Best Haunted Attractions Near Dayton, Ohio

Some of the best haunted attractions are within driving distance of Dayton, Ohio. Check these out.

Lewisburg Haunted Cave

As the longest trek in the haunted house business, with 500 feet of haunted bridges and over 30,000 bats calling this cave home, you’re sure to get a few scares out of this terrifying cave for an admission fee of $16 for adults and $8 for kids.

Springboro Haunted Hayride and Black Bog Haunted Trail

Taking place on Bull Run Farms, this attraction features a journey through the “Forgotten Forest” and the abandoned “Brimstone Kingdom” where you’ll find yourself at the mercy of the Curse of Brimstone Road.

Riverside Jaycee’s Haunted Castle

A haunted castle, trail, and maze await you in a labyrinth of terror in Riverside, Ohio. $15 includes all three attractions, located off Harshman Road right by Eastwood Metropark.

Dayton Scream Park

Enter one haunted trail and two haunted houses if you dare. More than 60+ live monsters will chase, jump at, and shout at you as you make your way through over 30 scenes.

Halloween Haunt at King’s Island

Get your scream on as southwest Ohio’s premier theme park turns into a haunted wonderland for the Halloween season, with roller coasters, amusement park rides, haunted trails, and more.

Check out the best haunted attractions in southwest Ohio near Dayton. And you can travel in your family’s new Buick crossover from us here at Bob Ross Buick GMC.

Fall Festival Events in Southwest Ohio

Dayton, Ohio Festivals

Looking for fall festival events this year? There are tons of things to do in southwest Ohio with the whole family. The autumn months bring cool weather as well as several holidays, including things like Oktoberfest, Halloween, and harvest festivals. With all these events in the area, you’re bound to find something you enjoy. Simply hop in your 2018 GMC Terrain and begin exploring the area.

The Tipp City Mum Festival is a three-day event at the City Park in Tipp City, OH. Held from September 22 to 24, this family friendly event will feature great food, a parade, pageants, and live entertainment. You can see a motorcycle ride on Sunday, while arts and crafts are great for kids. The festival opens at 5:00pm on Friday, the 22nd.

Next, check out the annual Germantown Pretzel Festival. Held in the Veterans Memorial Park in Germantown, OH, this event includes live music and some truly memorable pretzels from September 23 to the 24.  There will also be vendors and arts and crafts.

Finally, visit the Dayton Fall Festival. Perhaps one of the largest free fall events of the year, the festival will be held September 23 from 11:00am to 4:00pm at The Gathering in Centerville. There will be a Zorb Ball obstacle course, bungee trampoline, pony rides, and more. At Bob Ross Buick GMC, we can’t wait to stop at each of these events.